We all know the famous adage about sticks and stones, but in the world of ridiculously famous celebs, words go a long way in causing all hell to break loose in a hailstorm of media controversy. Here are the top 10 celebrities that didn’t think to censor their racist notions before they spoke:
10) Chelsea Handler
The much beloved female comedian and host to her own TV show is no stranger to controversy. She often willingly puts herself in these awkward situations and later seems to enjoy them immensely. The case of her Twitter war with Nick Cannon was apparently no different. In 2011, the actor and TV host had several, very public back and forths with our favorite comedian. Eventually, she posted a picture of a can of soda, and, of course, she demanded that Nick drink from it. Can you guess what flavor it was? Ding-ding-ding! Grape. Oh Chelsea, was that really necessary?
9) Michael Richards
Comedy is an art, but how do we know when we take it too far? We can use Michael Richards, the famous “Kramer” from the hit TV sitcom Seinfeld, as a case in point. While doing his own stand-up gig in the Laughing Factory way back in 2006, his act included a few choice words that were most likely unnecessary for a ready-to-fall-off-their-seats-laughing audience mixed in with a few hacklers. Michael used the “n” word more than several times and threw racial slurs to said hacklers. Even talk of lynching was involved – definitely not the most pleasant thought anyone would want to consider at a comedy show.
8) John Mayer
John Mayer is known for his sweet music, his playboy moves, and…his racist comments? The Connecticut-born singer, songwriter and producer had an interview with Rolling Stone in 2010 where he let his true colors out for the entire world to see. As candid as he usually is in most of his interviews, Mayer explained, “My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I’ve got a Benetton heart and a f***in’ David Duke cock.” How he can claim that one part of his body is so accepting of all races while another is clearly a white supremacist, only he can understand…or maybe he doesn’t. Who knows.
7) Charlie Sheen
It is no secret that the once hailed “Two and a Half Men” star has a serious drinking problem. Maybe this might attempt to explain the voicemail he left his ex-wife, Denise Richards, back in 2008. Besides calling her a coward and a liar, he continued to call her the “n” word several times. Now, have you seen a picture of Denisse Richards? Go ahead, Google her. Yeah. I don’t get it either. But the point was obviously to offend, so he attempted to use the extremely racist word more than once in order to strike a nerve. And a big nerve he struck, indeed.
6) Shaquille O’Neal
We all understand competition and athletic rivalry, but there are times when well-known all-stars take things to a level that they do not need to be taken to. Sometimes it’s even hard to watch. Before NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming became jersey buddies for the Western Conference, they were rivals. Shaquille played for the Lakers, Yao played for the Rockets. Before their first meet, Shaq said, “Tell Yao Ming, ‘Ching chong-yang-wah-as-soh’.” For the record, Shaq claimed he did not mean it in a racist way and he only intended the comment to be a joke. Yao said likewise, but that didn’t stop criticizing remarks from the Asian community.
5) Paula Deen
The mother of Southern cooking and the lover of butter in everything (“Let’s just add a whole stick and a half of butter to that.”), Paula Deen had contracts with the Food Network, Sears and KMart, just to name a few. All of these were canceled in the wake of a controversy over a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination. She was accused of using the “n” word and making derogatory comments about African Americans. She admitted to being at fault, albeit she claimed that the comments were made long ago. She said, “Things have changed since the 60’s in the south.”
While it is difficult to understand Rihanna’s on-again off-again relationship with Chris Brown after the domestic violence scandal of 2009, to each their own. But Rihanna not only began a war of words with Brown’s (also on-again off-again) girlfriend Karreuche Tran, she also unnecessarily brought race into the equation. The singer posted a picture of a bag of rice cakes with sunglasses and hoop earrings, reportedly jibing at the Vietnamese model. Rihanna even included a lyric in her song “Birthday Cake” that alludes to Tran’s race, when she at one point sings, “Sweeter than a rice cake, cake worth sipping…”
3) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin has no need to add to his already long list of controversies and stories of his being just an overall mean guy, but the list just gets longer and longer and includes racist comments as well. In 2013, when approached by a New York Post reporter and photog, he not only told the reporter, “I hope you choke to death,” he also called the African American photographer a coon and a drug dealer not only to his face, but even in later rants on Twitter. These rants came even after the photog showed Alec that he was a retired NYPD detective – Alec said that the retired officer’s ID had to be fake.
2) Paris Hilton
The blond heiress and socialite Paris Hilton has taken advantage of becoming famous for being famous by creating her own clothing line, fragrance, and opening Paris Hilton stores nationwide. Neil Strauss interviewed Paris Hilton, and included this interview in his book Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, where he also included over 200 interviews he had with a wide variety of celebrities throughout his career. Paris was quoted as saying, “I can’t stand black guys. I would never touch one. It’s gross.” Says the celebutante who did some pretty gross things in her reality TV show The Simple Life with then bestie Nicole Richie.
1) Mel Gibson
It comes as no surprise that Mel Gibson wins first place in the top 10 list of celebrities acting super racist. He has been quoted as saying some pretty prejudiced things even from the earlier points of his career. Some of his more racier comments:
– “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Said during his arrest in 2006 for a DUI.
– “You’re an embarrassment to me, you look like a f—ing pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n—ers, it will be your fault.” Said to his then girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva about the way she was dressed for a night on the town.
– “I’ll report her to f—ing people that take f—ing money from the wetbacks.” Said about the Latina nanny that took care of his then 8-month-old daughter.